Humongous lake trout abundant on Lake Michigan any time of year. Lake Michigan is home to a variety of species of fish. It was originally home to lake whitefish, lake trout, yellow perch, panfish, largemouth bass, small mouth bass, bowfin, as well as some species of catfish.
It’s not unusual to find 300 or so cars, trucks and snowmobiles out on the lake in mid winter fishing the ice .
The Welland Canal in 1919 brought an invasion of an invasion of sea lampreys, and alewife. As a result, salmonids including various strains of brown trout, steelhead (rainbow trout), coho and chinook salmon were introduced as predators of alewives to decrease the alewife population. Lake Michigan is visited by some 500,000 anglers yearly with many of the anglers visiting in the winter months. The lake also has many beaches and is sometime referred to as the third ocean in America.
This program was so successful that the introduced population of trout and salmon population exploded, resulting in the creation of a large sport fishery for introduced species of salmon and trout. Lake Michigan is now stocked annually with steelhead, brown trout, and coho and chinook salmon, which also have begun natural reproduction in some Lake Michigan tributaries